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Preview:Super Eagles out to mend hurt as Nigeria take on Cameroon in 2nd round clash of AFCON 2019

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A preview into Saturday’s AFCON 2019 second round clash between old rivals, Nigeria and Cameroon.
The Super Eagles are looking to bounce back against Cameroon after their 2-0 loss to Madagascar in their last group gaem of AFCON 2019 (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Super Eagles are looking to bounce back against Cameroon after their 2-0 loss to Madagascar in their last group gaem of AFCON 2019 (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Super Eagles camp turned dark following their shocking 2-0 loss to Madagascar to relinquish top spot in Group B of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). 
It was a defeat that jarred the players that even a speech from the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick that urged them to see the loss as a wake-up call, could not lift the mood. 
The sombre mood lingered for a few days and there was an intense team meeting that ended with defender Leon Balogun publicly apologizing for his error that led to Madagascar’s first goal.
The Super Eagles were deeply hurt by that defeat and it’s the gash that it left that William Troost-Ekong believes will motivate him and his teammates ahead of the second round clash against Cameroon on Saturday, July 6. 
Everyone was upset about the last game against Madagascar so I think everyone has that extra motivation,” Troost-Ekong said at a press conference on Friday, July 5. 
“It’s do or die because we know we have to do everything to stay in the tournament,” Troost-Ekong told reporters on Friday ahead of the last-16 tie.
William Troost-Ekong says the Super Eagles will be motivated by the hurt that came after the loss to Madagascar (Twitter.com/OgaNlaMedia)

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William Troost-Ekong says the Super Eagles will be motivated by the hurt that came after the loss to Madagascar (Twitter.com/OgaNlaMedia)

“It’s going to be a tough game against Cameroon. We faced them in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and they might be out for revenge so we have to be ready for them.”
Heartbreaks
That loss against Madagascar also dimmed the enthusiasm of Nigerians back home but the Super Eagles have a chance to evoke passion with a win against Cameroon who have given Nigeria their worst AFCON heartbreaks in history. 
Nigeria have lost three finals in AFCON history, all to Cameroon with the penalty shoot-out loss on home soil in 2000 forever fresh in memory. 
The Super Eagles have won only 13 games against Cameroon in 22 attempts although Nigeria have had the upper hand since that final at the National Stadium in Lagos. 
Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr has a couple of injury concerns in his squad ahead of the game although no major changes are expected in his line-up. 
Captain Mikel Obi has been ruled out of the game but he was not expected to start against Cameroon. 
Right-back Shehu Abdullahi has returned to training although he won’t be fit enough for the game while we might see German-based left-back Jamilu Collins for the first time in Egypt. 
What worries Rohr the most is the inability of his team to create chances but he has the likes of Villarreal star Samuel Chukwuezeand Alex Iwobi of Arsenal who can create problems for the opposition. 
With just two goals scored in AFCON 2019 just like Nigeria, Cameroon coach Clarence Seedorf is also worried about his side’s lack of firepower heading into the game.
Clarence Seedorf admits to Cameroon having problems with scoring ahead of their game against Nigeria (Twitter/PoojaMedia)

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Clarence Seedorf admits to Cameroon having problems with scoring ahead of their game against Nigeria (Twitter/PoojaMedia)

We must improve in several areas, notably in attack. We must be more intelligent to create more chances. We’ve shown our potential. We haven’t yet conceded a goal, there are positive things going forward,” Seedorf told reporters on Friday. 
Cameroonians are aware of what a game against Nigeria means to them and Cameroonian journalists were left worried at a press conference on Friday that Seedorf was too relaxed. 
“I was even more relaxed in the Champions League finals I played,” the former AjaxReal Madrid and AC Milan midfielder said.
Source: Pulse

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Mr Eazi proposes to Temi Otedola!

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For what seemed like a long while, celebrity power couple—Mr Eazi and Temi Otedola—are finally engaged as Oluwatosin Ajibade better known as Mr Eazi pops the heartwarming “Will you be my wife?” question to his girlfriend of 2 years Temiloluwa Otedola and she responded favourably in the affirmative “Yes” tone.

Fashion mogul and Icon Temi Otedola began dating artiste and music label CEO Mr Eazi in the year 2020 and have been living together ever since in their London apartment, sharing intimate moments, even meeting respective family members. This they’ve both shared in detail on their How Far? With Mr Eazi And Temi Otedola podcast.

Temi announced her engagement by posting the sea-side proposal of Mr Eazi on one knee asking the important question. The video goes by the simple caption of the infinity logo connoting they’re both locked in for life.

Congratulations to Temi Otedola and Mr Eazi!

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Nicki Minaj agrees “Essence” should be song of the year at the Grammys

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American superstar rapper, Nicki Minaj, shares the same sentiments as myriads of Wizkid fans and well-wishers worldwide, in that she concurs to the argument the trendsetting crossover record-breaking single from Wizkid’s 2020 released “Made In Lagos” album, Essence should be in the conversation for the coveted “Record of the Year” plaque at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Although “Essence” did not receive the much desired nomination in the category for “Record of the Year” at the 2022 Grammy Awards, it did get a nod for Best Global Music Performance, the first of its kind.

Irrespective of the snub, Nicki whilie on Joe Budden TV (YouTube) as a guest on the special episode tagged A Conversation With Nicki Minaj & Joe Budden agreed with the host (Joe Budden) when he said “We need people on the Grammy board that know that “Essence” was song of the year” with an exclamatory “Right! Right!” response. She even proffered, “We should have our own Grammy Board“, in support of many and the popular believe that Black Americans or black artistes in general are always stereotyped to a particular category at the award show, if indeed they made it to the top categories, they barely win; Nicki Minaj does not have a Grammy Award herself and that is still a shock to many, especially when considering her refined catalogue of music.

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Pheelz & Buju (BNXN) live the carefree lifestyle on “Finesse”

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After much teasing, the anticipated Finesse by Pheelz and Buju (now BNXN) hit DSPs across the globe and just like the teaser gave off, Finesse is a banger! It is produced by young producer under Pheelz’s wing known as Miichkel.

On Finesse, Pheelz and Buju live their life to the fullest, the carefree lifestyle is what they desire and they are determined to stay on that track for the time being. “I’ve been living the fast life but I see it in slow mo / And you see my lifestyle, I got Gs in the turbo / . . . / Bad girl sey she want Netflix & Chill / So I ja ticket give her warning / If you fall in love, girls it’s certain / You go chop breakfast, I’m not capping“, Pheelz explains on the first verse, even saying love and relationship cannot stop him from living the ‘ballers’ lifestyle; “I’d be dammed if there’s anybody that could be like me / I be like Mo’ Salah, coming up the right wing / I cut through your defender, you no need to tell me / I must finesse / And you know sey me I must net“, Buju braggingly adds on the second verse, saying he can score any chick that catches his eye and dish her the next minute.

listen to the popular joyous chorus “Ah finesse / If I broke na my business / Ama shana e go bright o / Folake for the nighr ohere or on Apple Music.:

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